mini Pepperoni Cheeseball Cabin
Instead of cookies for Santa, he might like some pepperoni, cheese and crackers. Haha :) This is a mini version of a pepperoni and cheeseball cabin I saw on the Kitchen on the Food Network it was so cute.
It could really be made any time of year I suppose especially for an outdoorsy theme!
Cream cheese forms the structure of the house and also as glue or spackle! :) Haha :)
What I used:
- mini pepperoni (for shingles; you could also cut full-sized pepperonis into 4 pieces)
- Philadelphia cream cheese for mini cabin (3" cube. It's 2 half blocks stacked on top of each other to form a cube; That said,, you can make any size house/cabin you want to.)
- Wewalka pizza crust (Bistro) -- It is a thin cracker type pizza crust. I used it to make door, logs for the wood and 2 bigger pieces for the rough.
- Shredded parmesan -- 2 little piles to make windows
- Baguette slices / crostini (for the ground)
- Dried oregano (grass)
- Fresh rosemar -- plants
- Saran wrap
- Baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper
I preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Structure of the Home:
I took 2 half-blocks of cream cheese and put them on saran wrap and shaped it into a cube and put it in the fridge to set.
- I toasted crostinis and then I spread some cream cheeese on them and dried oregano to resemble grass. I stuck some sprigs of fresh rosemary around into the ground for some shrubs.
Before toasting I laid them out on a plate to make sure there were enough crostini to provide coverage for the ground.
Pizza crust: logs/siding, door, and roof
I used the pizza crust similar as to how you might shape cookie dough: I made a little dough and different size "logs" for the different sides of the house. The front of the house had some smaller pieces.
I also made 2 slightly bigger pieces of pizza dough to make the roof.
I made little piles of parmesan (for parmesan crisps) to be the windows; I only ended up using 2 of them for the front of the house.
After baking in oven for ~8 min., I put the door and windows (pizza crust and 2 mini parmesan crisps) on the front of the house. Then I put little pieces of pizza crust on the front and the longer "logs" on the other sides of the house.
To make the roof, I spread some cream cheese on the 2 larger rectangles. Then I put the mini pepperonis on top as shingles. The nice thing about using cream cheese if that if you pizza crust is slightly different levels or not flat, then you can fill in some extra cream cheese and make the whole surface flat for the mini pepperoni shingles.
Then I stuck the roof on the house! That's it! So cute! Give it a try! We are good at this!